Thursday, April 25, 2013

Letting go of the life you planned

One concept that has been pretty big for me this year has been accepting myself and my life - AS IS - and living in the present.  Often we focus so much on the future and the picture we have painted in our head of what our life "should" look like.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up with this kind of thinking that we forget to be grateful for our blessings and the greatness of every day life.  I once was told by someone that "you have to first accept not having everything you want in order to move forward with your life and be happy."  At first I had a hard time wrapping my brain around this idea, but now I am learning (step by step) how true it is.

I came across this quote on Facebook today and wanted to share with all of you.  Happy Thursday!

"You will not get what you truly deserve if you’re too attached to the things you’re supposed to let go of. Sometimes you love, and you struggle, and you learn, and you move on. And that’s okay. You must be willing to let go of the life you planned for so you can enjoy the life that is waiting for you" (Source).

Monday, April 22, 2013

"If you can gain it that fast, then you can lose it that fast."

My good friend Sarah (pictured above) once told me the above quote years ago.  It must have been after Thanksgiving, when I suddenly saw 3 extra lbs appear on the scale and had a mini freak out!  Sarah said that she's always liked this motto.   It calms you down and brings you back to the reality of what is totally possible, when you're in panic mode and somehow convince yourself that you've done permanent damage. 

The real reason why I love this quote (besides the hope of successful weight loss :) is because you can easily apply it to other areas of your life.  I like the general concept of getting into a funk and getting quickly out of it.  It provides me with a sense of confidence and optimism when I'm wanting to make a change with any area of my life.  This could be anything from cleaning your home (after it's reached a stage of messiness), eating healthy (after you've been eating unhealthy all week), or getting back into your workout routine (after not exercising for a while).

April has been one busy month for me.  I think busy is an understatement.  With way too much stress and pressure from both my personal and professional life, I am looking forward to moving toward a more peaceful May, filled with a lot of self care, love, and prioritization of my priorities (yes, you read that right - more on that later!).

Quick changes I am wanting to make this week and during the month of May: getting a lot of sleep, eating healthy, getting quality exercise, and focusing on my faith.  I am not expecting perfection, but hope to take little steps to refocus myself, my health, and my energy.

What change(s) do you want to make in the near future?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Envisioning what your life could become - the endless possibilities

For a few months I have been following Jen Nicomedes on Facebook.  Jen is an incredibly kind and intelligent woman who is an author and Feng Shui Coach.  I discovered Jen after reading an article by her on MindBodyGreen that really inspired me.  I love Jen's Facebook page because her updates are uplifting, honest, positive, and insightful.  Today she posted a quote about visualizing what you want in your life, and discovering the possibilities ahead.  Enjoy!

"Visualizing your ideal image of your life for the next year can be a way to help you manifest this positive energy and funnel it into your life in the present.

As you envision what your life could become today, you might try to think only of the good things that can happen for even the slightest doubt could make it that much more difficult for you to bring about the changes you wish to happen.

Creating a positive view of our future makes it easier for us to eliminate worry or hesitation and focuses our energy into something that is more affirming.

When we can imagine that there is nothing holding us back, that before us are endless possibilities, we actually change our energetic signature.

On a very visceral level we put our thought waves and intentions out into the universe, which alters the ways in which we interact with others and the world as a whole.

By concentrating on everything you can have in life today, you will pave the way for a future that is based on your most cherished dreams."
~ Unknown ♥ (Source)

Monday, April 15, 2013

The moment you become beautiful

"The moment you accept yourself you become beautiful." - Osho (Source)

Reflections on Boston

Today I came across a beautifully written reflection on Facebook from a woman who ran in the Boston Marathon.  I love so much of what was expressed through her words that I wanted to share with all of you.
Today, I was running the Boston Marathon. I was the cheerful girl zipping through the marathon with a swish of her red polka dotted skirt and a huge smile on her face. I ribbed the army people working the course with my call out, "Air Power." I stopped twice to use the potty and I was but a quarter mile from the end when I heard a loud boom, felt the street shake, and started to smell a smell I never smelled before. All hell broke loose. People were screaming and sprinting away from the finish line. The race immediately ended. For me, a girl who was invited to run to honour her soldier who was taken by another terrorist on 27 April 2011, it threw me back into a spot where I immediately felt out of control, that my life was being torn apart, and I stood immobilised sobbing for again the terrorist sought to take yet another thing that matters in my life.

I find joy in running and I have grabbed my life back by running. It is the singular aspect of my life that allows me to find my faith and to find happiness. I am sitting in total disbelief. How could it be that two potty breaks saved me today? How can it be that as I was running to snub my nose at the terrorist that took Phil, another sought to destroy the hard fought for happiness I have found. It cannot end this way. I am shaking and I am physically ill tonight, but I will pick myself up one faltering step at a time until I can run victorious once again. I cannot let these vile monsters create any more fear in my life. I just can't.

There were heroes today. I met a man who was an instructor at my training these past weeks. He brought his family and found me. He got me back to my hotel. A nurse sat with me as I sobbed my eyes out and shook violently in the Dunkin Doughnuts store. So many people called me. My phone did not have reception, yet the singular two phone calls that got through were phone calls from people who came to get me. My children were terrified and that is what hurts. This event brought fear back into my family--fear of loss and fear of violent acts. How can I fix the hurts in my children when I am right there? I ask for prayers and I ask for some time to process this event. I will find the strength that I fall into with my faith. The terrorist will never EVER maim my heart, my spirit, or my drive to live life out loud. Got that?
Written by Linda Leonard Ambard (Source)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A night of cleaning, beauty, wine, and Friday Night Lights

A solid pick-me-up on a Thursday night (photo source)

Tonight I wasn't in the best "emotional state" when I left work.  Even though I thought about working out, I decided that I needed a night at home to take care of myself at home.  This resulted in a major kitchen clean up, cooking a healthy dinner, drinking wine, putting on my favorite face mask, and watching Friday Night Lights (one of my favorite shows!).

It proved to be a great choice - I feel less stressed, more relaxed, and am loving sitting on the couch spa-ing it up while drinking Cab Sav (Genesis)!  My dinner was also lite and refreshing - a fresh arugula salad along with quinoa.  Last but not least, my latest favorite beauty product:

As you may have read before, I am in love with Eminence Organic Skincare.  It is pricey but lasts a long time and is SO great for your skin.  I have sensitive skin and so typically do not respond well to facial masks, but the Calm Skin Arnica Masque is specifically made for sensitive skin and is great for people with Rosacea.

When is the last time you spent an evening at home to really take care of yourself?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Making time for "quiet time" during the work week

Yesterday I went to yoga class at my gym (with my favorite instructor, Michelle!).  The session was wonderful - challenging yet relaxing and rewarding.  After class I took Lucy down to the Burke Gilman trail for a spontaneous walk while the sun was setting.  I felt so much peace and tranquility walking outside for just 10 minutes, observing my surroundings, and soaking in the "yoga high" I had from class.   It made me realize how valuable it is to set aside "quiet time" (outdoors) during the work week.  It also reminded me how fortunate I am to live in a beautiful city, have a great dog, and have a healthy body that allows me to do yoga, go for walks, and see my surroundings.